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I am pretty sure that Ohio law allows for open carry. My question is: what is or isn't open carry? If any part of my clothing drapes over the firearm, am I then concealed? I plan to get my CCW, but just wondering what the stipulations are for the two modes of carry. Would love to hear from my Buckeye Nation!
 

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Yes, Ohio is an open carry state. Open carry means just that, completely visable. Ohio also has nothing called a CCW. You would be issued a license to carry a concealed handgun, commonly called a CHL.
 

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You need to look out for words like "brandishing " "insighting" "due diligence". You may have a right to wear a colt peacemaker on your thigh in downtown Columbus, but my bet is you'll end up on the news and be fighting to get your rig back. I'd rather risk someone pointing out the shape of a pistol on me and me showing my permit. It actually says in the open law something about using caution with open carry!
 

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Years ago when I was on Federal jury duty in Des Moines, IA. some of us were talking with one of the fedral marshalls that escorted us around and he said in Des Moines IIRC that even a completely uncovered weapon was considered concealed if it had a retainer strap holding it in the holster? Duh!!!!!!
 

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No you do not.
I'm having a brain fart. OH requires a CHL to carry (OC or CC) while in a vehicle correct? Similar to PA and how WI was, before our Act 34 went in place, (unloaded and encased while in a vehicle) as under their interpretation being in a vehicle was considered concealed. Or am I confusing you guys with another state? (Entirely possible)
 

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If I am not mistaken magazine must be seperated from firearm and not stored in same compartment. While in your car.
 

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visit ohioccw.org for the most recent laws regarding carrying a firearm.
 

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I'm having a brain fart. OH requires a CHL to carry (OC or CC) while in a vehicle correct? Similar to PA and how WI was, before our Act 34 went in place, (unloaded and encased while in a vehicle) as under their interpretation being in a vehicle was considered concealed. Or am I confusing you guys with another state? (Entirely possible)
Under current Ohio law, to even have a loaded magazine in a vehicle right now, you have to have your CHL, but that changes on March 27th to allow for loaded magazines in a vehicle. Until that changes, if you want to OC without your CHL, you'll either need to walk everywhere you go or load your magazine after you get where you're going and already out of your car. Once a loaded handgun, or magazine under current law, is in a vehicle, regardless of being in plain sight, it is considered concealed and requires a CHL.
 

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Under current Ohio law, to even have a loaded magazine in a vehicle right now, you have to have your CHL, but that changes on March 27th to allow for loaded magazines in a vehicle. Until that changes, if you want to OC without your CHL, you'll either need to walk everywhere you go or load your magazine after you get where you're going and already out of your car. Once a loaded handgun, or magazine under current law, is in a vehicle, regardless of being in plain sight, it is considered concealed and requires a CHL.
Thanks, I knew I was close. That's very similar to how WI was. We could OC all we wanted...but the firearm had to be either unloaded or mag dropped and empty chamber, with everything put in a case before entering the vehicle. Crappy part was if the firearm crossed the plane of the door while you leaned in to get the case or you set the case on the roof/hood/trunk to store the firearm...boom...ticket.
 

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as of now in Ohio..

-you can transport a firearm ( registered to you) in a vehicle, however, the gun cannot be loaded. An empty magazine also "counts" as ammo and cannot even be in said firearm. Also, any (real) ammo in the vehicle must not be stored with the firearm, it cannot be in the same bag,box or whatever case or container the gun happens to be in. The only way now to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle is with a concealed carry permit..which allows you to carry a loaded gun, thus trumping the car rules.

- The State of Ohio does in fact not regulate (for or against ) OPEN CARRY techinically,.. however, as I thought this would be the case, and I verified it with a cop friend of mine, most cities and municipalities consider carrying a loaded firearm OPEN, with no permit, UNLAWFUL. So..if you do that, expect some heat. And you gun just might get taken until the situation gets straightened out, which may also include you getting cited.

- once you have a concealed carry permit, you can carry anywhere in OHIO except:
-schools
-local/state government offices
- any business or other public place that has a "no firearms allowed" sign posted clearly at the entrance

-with a concealed carry permit, you can also carry in all State(local) and National Parks (within the state borders) ***however*** you cannot carry into any buildings inside said parks.. which include park offices,nature centers, pavilions,ect.. and Im guessing if they pushed it restrooms.

- you can carrry concealed in a bar *** if you are not*** drinking alcohol and there is no "no firearms" sign posted.
 

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Restrooms are considered "comfort" areas, so it should be ok.

And as far as Cincinnati (take it for was it's worth)

"3. LAW DEPARTMENT MEMO ON OPEN CARRY OF A FIREARM IN OHIO

Ohio law permits the open carry of a firearm with few exceptions. Citizens may openly carry firearms in public places unless there is a specific prohibition against carrying a firearm in that place (police station, school safety zone, courthouse, etc.).

Since Cleveland v. State of Ohio, 2010-Ohio-6318, regulation of the "ownership, possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage, carrying, sale, or other transfer of firearms, their components, and their ammunition" is only done by state and federal law. Local municipal laws may only regulate the discharge of firearms. Therefore, officers should not charge individuals with violations of the Cincinnati Municipal Code unless the ordinance deals with the discharge of a firearm.

Many people worry when they see someone openly carrying a gun. Officers can expect to receive calls when this happens. But, openly carrying a firearm, by itself, is not illegal. The fact that someone has called 911 or flagged down an officer about seeing someone with a gun in public is probably not enough to support an investigative detention. In such situations, an officer must observe the subject and evaluate the totality of circumstances to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to justify detaining the individual. If the individual is doing nothing else that arouses suspicion, simply wearing a gun will not justify a detention.

It is important to note, open carry by itself also would not support a charge of Disorderly Conduct or Inducing Panic. There must be additional facts to support these offenses. If someone is lawfully carrying a firearm—and doing nothing else— the fact that it causes alarm to others does not support a charge.

Equally important, before you charge someone with a violation of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2921.29, Failure to Disclose Personal Information (also referred to as the "Stop and I.D." law), you first must have reasonable suspicion that person has, is, or is about to commit a criminal offense. The "Stop and I.D." law does not apply unless you already have a valid investigative detention of the person – and open carry by itself is not enough. Citizens may ignore your request for information during a consensual encounter, so you may only charge a citizen with a violation of ORC 2921.29 when they are legally detained.

Private businesses or property owners may prohibit all firearms on their property. They may post signs prohibiting firearms or they may order a person to leave for such behavior. Criminal Trespass is the appropriate charge if a person is on private property in violation of such a prohibition."
 

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as of now in Ohio..

-you can transport a firearm ( registered to you) in a vehicle, however, the gun cannot be loaded. An empty magazine also "counts" as ammo and cannot even be in said firearm. Also, any (real) ammo in the vehicle must not be stored with the firearm, it cannot be in the same bag,box or whatever case or container the gun happens to be in. The only way now to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle is with a concealed carry permit..which allows you to carry a loaded gun, thus trumping the car rules.

- The State of Ohio does in fact not regulate (for or against ) OPEN CARRY techinically,.. however, as I thought this would be the case, and I verified it with a cop friend of mine, most cities and municipalities consider carrying a loaded firearm OPEN, with no permit, UNLAWFUL. So..if you do that, expect some heat. And you gun just might get taken until the situation gets straightened out, which may also include you getting cited.

- once you have a concealed carry permit, you can carry anywhere in OHIO except:
-schools
-local/state government offices
- any business or other public place that has a "no firearms allowed" sign posted clearly at the entrance

-with a concealed carry permit, you can also carry in all State(local) and National Parks (within the state borders) ***however*** you cannot carry into any buildings inside said parks.. which include park offices,nature centers, pavilions,ect.. and Im guessing if they pushed it restrooms.

- you can carrry concealed in a bar *** if you are not*** drinking alcohol and there is no "no firearms" sign posted.
I own many firearms purchased leagally in the state of Ohio. Not a single one of them is "registered" to me in any way shape or form.
 
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I'm just repeated what a cop friend of mine told me..he said "its a very gray area...youb be best to get a concealed permit".


I should have said owner of "legal gun" or something instead of "registered" I suppose..as far as Im.concern..unless you bought a firearm privately/gun show..and had to fill out the pretty yellow form, they know you have some sort of gun.
 

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I'm just repeated what a cop friend of mine told me..he said "its a very gray area...youb be best to get a concealed permit".


I should have said owner of "legal gun" or something instead of "registered" I suppose..as far as Im.concern..unless you bought a firearm privately/gun show..and had to fill out the pretty yellow form, they know you have some sort of gun.
Nope, lost them all in an ice fishing accident!
 

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If a LEO cited you for open carry. After the department payed you your law suit settlement. They would train their officers alot better on your rights to open carry so not to repeat the errors of their ways. I have said of before not all LEO are trained equally.
 

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Restrooms are considered "comfort" areas, so it should be ok.

And as far as Cincinnati (take it for was it's worth)

"3. LAW DEPARTMENT MEMO ON OPEN CARRY OF A FIREARM IN OHIO

Ohio law permits the open carry of a firearm with few exceptions. Citizens may openly carry firearms in public places unless there is a specific prohibition against carrying a firearm in that place (police station, school safety zone, courthouse, etc.).

Since Cleveland v. State of Ohio, 2010-Ohio-6318, regulation of the "ownership, possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage, carrying, sale, or other transfer of firearms, their components, and their ammunition" is only done by state and federal law. Local municipal laws may only regulate the discharge of firearms. Therefore, officers should not charge individuals with violations of the Cincinnati Municipal Code unless the ordinance deals with the discharge of a firearm.

Many people worry when they see someone openly carrying a gun. Officers can expect to receive calls when this happens. But, openly carrying a firearm, by itself, is not illegal. The fact that someone has called 911 or flagged down an officer about seeing someone with a gun in public is probably not enough to support an investigative detention. In such situations, an officer must observe the subject and evaluate the totality of circumstances to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to justify detaining the individual. If the individual is doing nothing else that arouses suspicion, simply wearing a gun will not justify a detention.

It is important to note, open carry by itself also would not support a charge of Disorderly Conduct or Inducing Panic. There must be additional facts to support these offenses. If someone is lawfully carrying a firearm—and doing nothing else— the fact that it causes alarm to others does not support a charge.

Equally important, before you charge someone with a violation of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2921.29, Failure to Disclose Personal Information (also referred to as the "Stop and I.D." law), you first must have reasonable suspicion that person has, is, or is about to commit a criminal offense. The "Stop and I.D." law does not apply unless you already have a valid investigative detention of the person – and open carry by itself is not enough. Citizens may ignore your request for information during a consensual encounter, so you may only charge a citizen with a violation of ORC 2921.29 when they are legally detained.

Private businesses or property owners may prohibit all firearms on their property. They may post signs prohibiting firearms or they may order a person to leave for such behavior. Criminal Trespass is the appropriate charge if a person is on private property in violation of such a prohibition."
Sweet info! Cudoos!

However I don't trust Cincinnati cops to know their mothers let alone the letter of the law.
 
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